CES 2017: Vobot brings Amazon Alexa-enabled clock to smart homes; helps cultivate scientific sleeping habits

Vobot Inc., a startup that specializes on AI and acoustic area, announced Monday that it will release its latest AI smart home product Vobot Clock that integrates with Amazon Alexa Voice Services (AVS) at CES 2017.

Vobot Clock is a full-featured Amazon Alexa device that, among other things, can play music, provide information, read the news, sports scores, weather, set alarms, and control smart home devices.

Vobot Clock is a cost-effective smart alarm with various creative features. When it comes to the sleep coach programme, pre-set wakeup and bedtime solution will help users fall asleep faster and wake up earlier. The proactive reminder function will tell or show users the right things at the right time. In addition, customizable alarm let consumers wake up from delighting music; dot matrix display makes everything clear at the first sight; internal 5W speaker makes sound clear around the room without connecting to any external amplifiers.

The voice-controlled feature enables consumers to eliminate a lot of hassles that are usually caused by looking for specific app and setting it on smartphones. Its small-sized outline helps users to place it in a variety of locations, such as bedroom nightstand, kitchen counter, living room, or anywhere that needs a voice-controlled companion.

Vobot Clock includes several features to help consumers cultivate scientific sleeping habits such as white noise, hypnotic music, natural sounds and personalized content which are good for enhancing sleeping quality. It also offers customized music alarm and dynamic volume make consumers wake up in good mood; apart from voice-interactive and proactive reminder functionalities that reduces consumers’ addiction to smartphones.

Embedding Amazon Alexa to the device allows users to access their smart home appliances such as Philip Hue; request a cab from Uber, order pizza, find nearby restaurants, get updates on Facebook, play streaming music from iHeartRadio or complete other tasks via voice control. Once received users’ voice command, the clock will respond instantly just as Amazon Echo.

There is no button around the Clock surface, which gives it a neat and streamlined appearance. Users can trigger specific intuitive function through touching (to activate voice conversation), covering (stop the alarm), or flipping (snooze) the device.

In the near future, Vobot plans to achieve more by expanding functionalities of Amazon Alexa and the service of IFTTT. Therefore, Vobot Clock is defined as a personal assistant to a great degree than an ordinary piece of clock, which can help users make the most of their day.

“Vobot means voice plus robot. Our aim is to create AI as well as voice-interactive robots for people’s daily lives,” said Roger, CEO of Vobot. “Vobot Clock tries to understand users’ demands through algorithm and cloud computing.”

The planned online unit price of the clock is US$35 and will be available in early next month.


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